Visiting the Lake District is a popular holiday destination for many families and it’s not hard to see why! The area has so much to offer for people of all ages, and if you’re a family that appreciates the great outdoors, the Lake District is certainly the place to be.
Taking a trip to this part of the UK in your campervan is also a great way to create family memories. So, if you’ve recently bought a campervan from us, or you’re planning to hire a campervan with us, now is the perfect time to plan your Lake District family holiday – and we’ve got you covered. From exploring the outdoors, to indoor activities, we share our top four things to do on your Lake District family holiday.
What makes the Lake District the perfect family holiday destination?
With a plethora of outdoor activities, breathtaking landscapes – including three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – and adventure playgrounds, it offers an idyllic setting for families. Such activities in this picturesque region include water sports, boat cruises, charming villages, tea rooms, gift shops and so much more.
Given that there’s so much to do in this popular region, it’s recommended to research family activities beforehand. This will allow you to plan both indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy, and if you book in advance you might just be able to take advantage of any special offers making your holiday budget-friendly.
When planning your Lake District family holiday camping trip, you’ll want to search for campsites that are in a family-friendly location near your chosen activities. There are plenty of camping apps you can use that feature campsite availability, maps, directions and route guides and many allow you to book directly from the app.
4 things to do on your Lake District family holiday
As mentioned, the stunning Lake District offers a plethora of activities. From hiking trails on AONBs, to water sports on picturesque lakes, the options are endless. There’s also lots of local attractions to discover like Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and Wray Castle for example. Here are our top four things to do on your Lake District family holiday.
1. Embrace nature and enjoy a family hike
One thing everyone must do when visiting the Lake District is enjoy a family hike. As we’ve mentioned previously, the region boasts three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so it’s the perfect chance to embrace nature and develop an appreciation for the great outdoors.
When planning your family hike, be sure to consider a trail that is suitable for all fitness levels. AllTrails is the perfect app to use to help you discover the perfect hike and you can share your hiking experience with the AllTrails community too.
We know the British weather can take a turn at any moment, so it’s important to take weather conditions into account. Be sure to pack all of your appropriate gear (like waterproofs and hiking boots) and plenty of snacks for a fun and safe adventure.
2. Enjoy an on-water adventure with boat cruises and water sports
If your family prefers to be on the water, embarking on a boat cruise along Lake Windermere is an absolute must. It’s the perfect way to soak up the stunning landscape views on England’s largest lake. There are plenty of cruise options available ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours and there’s even options to pair this activity with one of the other local attractions nearby. Take a look at all your options in advance of your trip to plan the perfect family day out.
Why not add a little adventure into your water experience and take part in water sports like canoeing, kayaking, or paddleboarding for true family fun! You can also enjoy a RIB Boat Tour which combines sightseeing, stories and fun on the water. Don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful sights!
3. Do a bit of wildlife spotting
There are lots of parks and nature reserves to see a wide range of diverse wildlife in the Lake District, including the RSPB Haweswater nature reserve. This rugged landscape is home to a variety of wildlife including red squirrels, pied flycatchers and great spotted woodpeckers. The nature reserve also plays host to numerous events and experiences throughout the year that the whole family can enjoy.
If exotic animals are more your thing, you should pay a visit to the Lake District Wildlife Park. Filled with over 100 unique species, the whole family can enjoy regular presentations to be up close and personal and learn all about the wildlife that are cared for in the park. Stop off at the on-site cafe and enjoy some home cooked food or indulge in some delicious snacks.
4. Immerse in local history
There’s an abundance of museums and heritage centres in the Lake District where the whole family can immerse themselves in local history and culture. Cumbria and the Lake District are home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are made up of historic houses, gardens, castles, museums and cultural attractions.
If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids and keep them entertained, be sure to visit Wordsworth Museum, Armitt Museum, and Lakeland Motor Museum for their interactive exhibits, activities and unique exhibitions that are suitable for all ages.
Ready to plan your Lake District family holiday?
The beauty of a Lake District family holiday is that it offers the perfect mix of adventure, nature, and memorable experiences. We’ve highlighted just some of the amazing things the whole family can enjoy, from beautiful trails, to on-water adventures. The stunning landscapes and family-friendly attractions make the Lake District the ideal destination for creating lasting memories with your loved ones.
If you’re ready to take your family to this delightful part of the country on a camping trip, why not take a look at the campervans we have for sale right now? Or if you’d like to see if the camping life is for your family first, hire out a campervan with us. Whatever you choose, we’re here to answer any questions you have when it comes to campervans. Get in touch with us today to learn more!